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August 7, 2020

Hello HMS Parents and Guardians,

Good afternoon. This is a very important message from High Mount School District #116.

We have been in constant communication with our local health officials and have explained from the very beginning that we would follow their guidance. Today, Friday, August 7, 2020, our local health department strongly encouraged schools to begin the year remotely. This encouragement was based on changes in two specific areas. First, the positivity rate across the county has steadily risen in recent days/weeks. Secondly, the positivity rate among our school age children has also increased significantly in recent days/weeks. These two specific trends contributed to the health department’s strong encouragement to begin remotely. We appreciate their leadership and value their guidance.

I want to emphasize though, our schools are, and will continue to be ready, when in-person instruction is permitted. We will determine a timeline to implement our plan for a return to in-person instruction in conjunction with the health department. We anticipate our remote learning to continue until at least September 11. We will continue to evaluate and collaborate prior to making any further announcements. We understand that this announcement will be met with differing reactions, but we will remain consistent in our support of our local health officials. Additionally, we commend our professional staff for their commitment to our return to school.

More information will be sent next week regarding the start of school, open house, and the remote plan in general. I apologize in advance for any inconveniences that this change may have caused you and your family.

Respectfully,

Dr. Beth A. Horner
Superintendent
High Mount School

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The first school, consisting of one room, was built in 1880. By 1960, eight additional classrooms and a basement were added. In 1967, six more rooms and a multi-purpose room were added. In 1992, the new gym and two classrooms were added and extensive remodeling was completed. In April, 2001, the community voted to help High Mount expand the school. This expansion provided needed space for the growing student population, storage areas, and allowed for enhancements to the curriculum.

In 2003, great things happened again. Construction of a new wing began. We now have new and additional classrooms, band/chorus music room, science laboratory and new offices. In 2006 we installed an electronic marquee and constructed a new main entry-way.